Getting Ahead in the Workplace

Getting Ahead in the Workplace


Getting Ahead in the Workplace is a personal development curriculum designed to help individuals take control of their future. If you are struggling to get by day-to-day and living in daily instability, Getting Ahead can offer you the chance to create your path to a stable, secure future for you and your family. Build the resources you need to get ahead!

The Getting Ahead workbook is based on Philip DeVol's Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-by-World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life. Learn more about the Getting Ahead curriculum we use, here

What to Expect

The class is presented as a discussion, facilitated by past graduates. It is a gathering of people with the common goal of wanting to get ahead. In the class, you will investigate your experience of living in daily instability, explore the "hidden rules" and special language needed to get ahead in the workplace, and learn how to build the resources and relationships needed to build a life of stability and prosperity.

When a class completes the curriculum, a formal graduation ceremony is held to celebrate and recognize their achievement. Graduates then have the opportunity to keep working toward their goals through community partnerships.

Time Commitment

The class is 15 weeks long, and meets every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.. All meetings are held at Prescott Elementary School (1151 White Street, Dubuque). New classes begin in March and September.

Additional Benefits

We are dedicated to supporting our participants. These benefits can help eliminate barriers that might prevent participation, and support long-term success.

  • Bring your kids! We provide on-site childcare for Tuesday night meetings.
  • Enjoy a meal with fellow participants! Dinner is provided at meetings.
  • Earn a cash stipend! Graduates can also earn achievement incentives.
  • Access to a supportive community! Connections and support to build your healthy relationships and resources in your life.

Want Your Chance to Get Ahead?

Here’s how to apply:

1. Stop by the Housing Dept for an application:

Housing Department, Suite 312
350 West 6th Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

2. Call Ryan at 563-690-6109 to schedule an interview.  Applications can also be completed at the interview.

This class is focused on workplace success; participants must either be working, looking for work, or in school/interested in going to school for the purpose of increasing their employment opportunities. Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.  

Getting AheadTM Copyright by DeVoll & Associates, LLC and is presented in partnership with aha! Process, Inc.